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12 Common Complaints about Learning Management Systems (LMS)

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Get any group of learning professionals in a room, and one of the first topics of discussion will be Learning Management Systems (LMS). I have rarely heard a learning professional say “ Our LMS does everything we need.” ” More often than not I hear complaints. Here are twelve (12) common complaints about Learning Management Systems. Usability is an established science these days.

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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

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Question from a client: We’re an organisation of about 1000 people and we don’t have any e-learning. How far behind are we? This question led me to think about a much larger question – the state of e-learning in Australian organisations in 2012. My experience is not exhaustive and my opinion will have inherent biases. This is a shame. E-Learning Strategy Our Changing Practice

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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

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Question from a client: We’re an organisation of about 1000 people and we don’t have any e-learning. How far behind are we? This question led me to think about a much larger question – the state of e-learning in Australian organisations in 2012. My experience is not exhaustive and my opinion will have inherent biases. This is a shame. E-Learning Strategy Our Changing Practice

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Information on E-Learning and WCAG 2.0 Compliance in Australia

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Question from a client: What do I need to do to ensure our e-learning is WCAG 2.0 compliant? This is a very important question for any Federal or State Government agency in Australia. I reached out to a trusted network of e-learning providers (listed below) to better understand the issues from an e-learning design and development perspective. What is WCAG 2.0? WCAG 2.0 compliance? What does WCAG 2.0

[New eBook] The 3 Stages of Customer Training Development

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Looking ‘Under the Hood’ of MOOCs

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There’s lots of excitement about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course); new business models and prestige for education institutions, new opportunities for people from around the world to access learning. I’ve been a university student and lecturer, I’ve trained tertiary teachers in online design and facilitation, and I’ve been a guest presenter in MOOCs. Motivation is about ‘what’s in it for me’.

5 Reasons to Implement E-Learning

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From a business perspective, there are arguably five (5) main drivers for implementing e-learning (learning technologies): 1. Build staff productivity. The business decision to employ anyone is all about productivity. What an employee costs an employer must be a fraction of the profit he or she contributes to the business. Build efficiencies in staff development. E-Learning options -. Manage risk.

8 Signs That Your Learning Management System (LMS) Implementation is at Risk

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There is a lot of effort required to implement a Learning Management System (LMS), such as analysing requirements, engaging a vendor and getting the LMS ‘online’ The potential for failure during the early stages of a LMS project is obvious. An often unrecognised risk to LMS projects is the sustain phase of the LMS implementation. The Bottom Line. LMS Implementation LMS Strategy

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5 Challenges Developing E-Learning as a Revenue Stream

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With the promise of faster national and global broadband networks comes opportunities for entrepreneurs in the training industry. As an independent e-learning consultant, I’m often asked how to develop e-learning courses as a viable revenue stream for their business - to sell to clients. You can imagine the answer is complex. Analyse your idea. It all sounds like a good idea.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

Tips to Help Avoid eLearning and LMS Project Failure

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Implementing eLearning and/or a Learning Management System (LMS) is a significant investment in resources and budget. It can also feel like a ‘leap of faith’ when engaging an e-learning or LMS provider. Engaging a provider requires trust. It requires a deep and mutual understanding of requirements and expectations. It’s inevitable there will be misunderstandings along the way.

7 Tips for developing an E-Learning Strategy

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Part of my job is to provide e-learning strategy support to clients. I have a number of processes for this kind of engagement, and E-Learning Academy members to have access to an e-learning course on Strategy , and a number of other tools and resources. Top line tips for developing an e-learning strategy. IT e.g. pipeline technologies, challenges to standard operating environment. Brandon Hall.

E-Learning Change Management Free Video Series

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Followers of our E-Learning Academy blog may be aware I have been posting a series of videos on change management when implementing e-learning including Learning Management systems, webinars and performance support tools. Here is a link to the enture series on YouTube. The series is also embedded below. Please kindly let me know if any of the series has been helpful to you. Thank you.

Managing Change in Organisational Learning: Part 1

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Question from client: What do we need to think about to manage the change associated with introducing technology into our learning strategy? This is such a big topic that I thought I would respond over a series of blog posts. Today I’ll make comment on three broad questions. If we build it, why will they come?”. i.e. RETURN > EFFORT. Effort – build the Imperative. How to build Imperative?

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Five Drivers to Organisational Learning

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There are so many contributing factors to successful organisational learning. I’ve been thinking through what might be the top 5. Importantly to note, two are intrinsic to the individual, two are extrinsic, and only one of the five requires a specific learning intervention. let’s take a look at these, and our role in promoting these drivers. Curiosity (intrinsic). Time (extrinsic).

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Seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy

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The intention of an e-learning strategy is generally to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational learning. However, there are other less obvious advantages of an e-learning strategy that may not be thought about at first. If you keep these other advantages in mind, you can integrate your strategy more holistically and use them as a measurement of strategy success. Thank you.

Seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy

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The intention of an e-learning strategy is generally to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational learning. However, there are other less obvious advantages of an e-learning strategy that may not be thought about at first. If you keep these other advantages in mind, you can integrate your strategy more holistically and use them as a measurement of strategy success. Thank you.

Workshop, E-Learning or Video? A question of strategy

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Question from a client: We’re rolling out workshops about a new people development process. We want to use e-learning to reach the people we miss. How should we go about it? Should we use e-learning via the LMS or video on the intranet? This is a good question. Of course the question should be linked directly to purpose, and all modalities should be planned concurrently. Workshop. Video.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Thinking e-learning strategy? Think video

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Every day, 98 years of video is being uploaded onto YouTube ( reference ). YouTube is now the second most commonly searched platform, after Google. It has 2 billion visitors a day, and handles 10% of all Internet traffic ( reference ). YouTube is strategically owned by Google. Can you imagine the pipeline of ideas Google has for video? Take Google TV . Three types of video for learning. Briefings.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Choosing a Social Media Platform for Formal and Informal Learning

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I have just released episode 23 of the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy free video and audio podcast series. This is the first of a series of three podcasts exploring social media platforms for formal and informal learning in organisations. This episode explores things to think about when choosing a social media platform for learning. You can doenload our free elearning tutorials from iTunes.

How we think about learning influences our e-learning practice

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My EdD Supervisor is Emeitus Paul Hager , an educational philosopher who keeps it ‘real’ for me when it comes to the inter-relationship between learning and technology. I recently read a number of Paul’s papers about learning in the workplace. I’ve presented this table to a couple of clients during learning strategy discussions. Learning is far too messy for that. Buffer.

An Organisational Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 2

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Last month I wrote a big picture perspective on managing change when introducing technology (e-learning) into a learning strategy (see Part 1 ). Today is the second of 5 posts on this topic. I will share some things to think about from an organisational perspective – covering Corporates, Not-For-Profit organisations and Training Providers. We’ll look at it from three perspectives: 1.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

E-Learning – The Fast Food of Organisational Learning?

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I recently reviewed a 2010 Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson where he argues for change in education. He warns us against the industrialisation, systematisation and standardisation of education – how this linear, ‘one size fits all’ treatment of education stifles the organic nature of learning. I think we sometimes are. Social media for learning soft skills and tasks.

Addressing The Great Organisational Learning Debate: Employee Sovereignty vs Compliance E-Learning

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One of the great debates we see in organisations is between the will or sovereignty of the individual versus the corporate desire for conformity – for staff to comply with corporate strategy and execution. This is particularly true in e-learning. And, if you give staff choice to read a document, watch a video or complete an e-learn at their own free will, they probably won’t. Lead them.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Video for Organisational Learning

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Podcast 29 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has recently been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring the role of video in organisational learning. This episode explores five kinds of video, in particular video for evaluation or assessment activities. You can download our free elearning tutorial series from iTunes.

End User Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 5

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Over the last several weeks I’ve blogged about change management when introducing a learning technology (e-learning) strategy (see Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 ). Today is the final post on the topic of change management, exploring things to think about to manage end user expectations and accountability. We’ll look at this topic from four parameters: 1. Managing expectations.

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

Want to create the perfect training course? The experts from Skilljar analyzed content creation trends within the training space. Their findings can serve as a benchmark as you build out your own strategy. Click to download.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: What Is Blended Learning?

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Podcast 26 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has just been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring blended learning in organisations. This episode explores a definition for blended learning, and the conditions required for blended learning to be successful in organisations. Or read the podcast 26 transcript.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: What Is Blended Learning?

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Podcast 26 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has just been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring blended learning in organisations. This episode explores a definition for blended learning, and the conditions required for blended learning to be successful in organisations. Or read the podcast 26 transcript.

E-Learning courware or LMS – Which comes first?

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Question from a client: We are an industrial business with about 400 staff. We know we need to move into e-learning for complance training reasons, but this is all new to us. What are our options? Many e-learning & Learning Management System (LMS) providers say you should purchase a LMS before developing e-learning courseware. You want to avoid choosing the wrong system for your needs.

Compliance E-Learning Alone Will Not make an Ethical Culture

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GRC Solutions host regular Compliance forums in Sydney and soon to be Melbourne. The forums are well attended by practitioners charged with organisational development, governance and workplace practices. Last week I took the time to attend the forum topic The How and Why of Building an Ethical Organisational Culture presented by Stuart Palmer of the St James Ethics Centre. I was not disappointed.

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The complete eLearning journey

As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?

Compliance E-Learning Alone Will Not make an Ethical Culture

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GRC Solutions host regular Compliance forums in Sydney and soon to be Melbourne. The forums are well attended by practitioners charged with organisational development, governance and workplace practices. Last week I took the time to attend the forum topic The How and Why of Building an Ethical Organisational Culture presented by Stuart Palmer of the St James Ethics Centre. I was not disappointed.

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